Live with Courage

  • Sunday night prayer 🙏
  • THIS guy is 40 today!!! And we love him a whole lot. Happy 40th birthday @tomdixoniv! Thank you for loving Thomas and I so fiercely. We adore you 💜
  • Are you heading into the fall season feeling like an empty well? Here are seven ideas on how to recharge your batteries, even though summer is over and even if you can't take extended time off:
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🌱 Set aside one morning a week to turn off the digital world. Don't check social media, don't check your email. Don't veg on Netflix.
🌱 Make a playlist with your favorite worship songs. Play them first thing in the morning or right before bedtime. Or both!
🌱 Spend time in nature.
🌱 Journal your prayers.
🌱 Invite a friend to lunch.
🌱 Commit to reading a new book of the Bible.
🌱 Make a list of the things that make your soul happy. Be intentional about pursuing one of those things this week.
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The most important thing is to pause. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you can step off the hamster wheel when you need to and that Jesus is ready and waiting to refill your cup.
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I rooting for you, always.
  • Thank you, MOPS at Crossroads Fellowship for your gracious hospitality yesterday! I'm rooting for you as you pursue determined living this week. NOTE: no bathroom doors were locked in the posting of this post 😜
  • 📣 Announcing our new reading plan starting on Monday, September 9!
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If you're in my private Facebook group, you've told me that one of the obstacles you have for getting into God's Word daily is that you don't understand what you're reading. Or the Bible is too intimidating. Or you aren't sure where to start.
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Well, we're about to get a boost in confidence for when we open up that big ole book. Tomorrow we're starting a new reading plan, Rescued Letters: Rediscovering the Bible as a Love Story Written for You. Each week, we're gonna look at passages from six different genres of Bible literature as we apply it to our lives. Yep, those words written 2,000+ years ago were written for you.
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Six weeks. Six genres of the Bible. One unified story.
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You in? Click the link in my bio to join my group and I'll slide you right in.
  • Nala would like to wish you a happy Saturday and to thank me for not setting the alarm this morning. #backtoschoolseason #rufflife
  • This weekend, Tom called me to look at our crepe myrtle tree in the backyard. He had heavily pruned it a few months ago, but every place he had trimmed was now sprouting new growth. And not just a leaf or two. Several stems of vibrant, green growth had appeared at every branch that had been cut off.
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They reminded me so much of my thoughts over the past few months. I ditched the online world this summer. Not just because I needed the mental head-space to study some new places in the Bible. Not just because I needed extra time to shift my ministry focus to the rising seventh-grader who was at home with me every day over the summer.
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I stepped away from the noise of the online world because intentionally seeking rest and renewal was a habit that Jesus pursued.
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I started this summer feeling like an empty well. But I ended it feeling refreshed, full of new ideas on how to serve you, and thankful for a God who renews our empty spirits. Not unlike the crepe myrtle branches in my back yard, there are new things growing from the places I intentionally cut off.
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When we are tempted to think that no one could possibly understand how stressed out, exhausted, or weary we are, we can follow Jesus' footsteps to solitude.
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"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." - Luke 5:16
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👉What are some ways you seek intentional rest and renewal?
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  • One time during this Disney parade Ariel blew me a direct kiss because I was wearing Ariel ears + an Ariel tee and I'm not sure if I've ever been more full of glee 🙊 😍
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Proof: in my stories 🧜‍♀️